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The Genome Project: What Will It Do as a Teenager?

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Science  11 Feb 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6018, pp. 660
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6018.660

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The 10th anniversary of the completion of the draft human genome sequence has been a time for celebration—and also for sober stock-taking. Early successes in DNA research, some critics have said, led to hype about early payoffs for human health. But clinical applications have been slow to arrive. The need to pick up the pace of translating research into medicine informs the latest strategic plan from the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), which published its 10-year map this week. Eric Green, who succeeded Francis Collins as NHGRI director, discussed the plan with Science in an interview.

(Also see Science's monthlong series commemorating the 10th anniversary of the sequencing of the human genome.)